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Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker victims of racist abuse online after Man City defeat Chelsea in Champions League final as Facebook condemns ‘heinous’ posts


Facebook “ quickly deleted ” the comments and accounts after Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker suffered racist abuse on social media on Saturday.

The pair received a number of monkey emojis on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, following Manchester City’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final.

Sterling right) struggled in the match and was sent to sickening abuse shortly after it ended
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Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker victims of racist abuse online after Man City defeat Chelsea in Champions League final as Facebook condemns ‘heinous’ posts
Much like defender Walker
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“The racist abuse sent to these players last night is heinous and we don’t want them to be on Instagram,” a Facebook company spokesperson told Sky Sports News.

“We have quickly deleted a number of comments and accounts for breaking our rules and we continue to review and take action against those who break our policies.

“We have created security features, including comment filters and message controls, which can significantly reduce the abuse suffered by people.

“No solution will solve this problem overnight, but we are committed to doing what we can to protect our community from abuse.”


Sterling has been the victim of online abuse numerous times, including after City got the better of Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Walker shared a post on his Instagram Story after City won the Carabao Cup final which contains racist abuse, writing ‘When is this going to end? while tagging Instagram in the post.

The abuse of the City pair came after their England teammate Marcus Rashford revealed he received ‘at least 70 racial slurs’ after Manchester United’s loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

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